This Month’s Meeting: Oakland, April 13 (2nd Saturday)

This Month’s Meeting: Oakland, April 13 (2nd Saturday)

BATW – APRIL MEETING – APRIL 13 (2nd Saturday in April)

A visit to the ultimate resting (and rambling) spot!

For more than a century, anyone who was anyone in the Bay Area has been dying to get into Mountain View Cemetery [] – a 226-acre Oakland parkland designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the distinguished landscape architect who also designed Central Park in New York City.

On Saturday, April 13, the BATW will visit this final resting place of luminaries that include railroad magnate Charles Crocker, architects Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck, author Frank Norris, and more. Henry J. Kaiser, the steel baron who founded the Kaiser health system, is here, along with chocolate king Domingo Ghirardelli — and a plethora of stories.

Designed to emphasize the natural setting, the landscaped grounds are dotted with unique plantings and fanciful or monumental mausoleums, chapels and columbariums. Deer roam here – and so do hikers, runners, dog walkers, and families with strollers. Young people picnic or play guitars on the grounds, and events [] open to the public include the spectacular (and free) 14th Annual Tower Chapel Tulip Exhibition March 22-24, and the Ching Ming Festival (Remembrance of Ancestors) March 30-31, with complimentary Chinese pastries (while supplies last).

Event:  Special lecture on the history of Mountain View Cemetery and the 19th-century way of death, followed by a docent-led tour of cemetery highlights. Bring your walking shoes and camera.

Date and time: 10 am, Saturday April 13.*

Address: 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland: exact meeting place TBA. Plentiful parking.

Coffee and pastries will be served at the 10 am meeting. Lunch is on your own at one of the many Piedmont Avenue eateries (a list will be available).

* NOTE: the BATW meeting here will be April 13, as the third Saturday in April is Passover, followed by Easter Sunday.

For more information: Judith Horstman at

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